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Accident
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Estado:Final
Fecha:martes 25 marzo 1958
Hora:00:06
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7C
Operador:Braniff International Airways
Registración: N5904
Numéro de série: 45072/793
Año de Construcción: 1956
Horas Totales de la Célula:3306
Motores: 4 Wright R-3350 (988TC18EA1)
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 5
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 9 / Ocupantes: 19
Total:Fatalidades: 9 / Ocupantes: 24
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:5 km (3.1 milles) WNW of Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY/MPTO), Panamá
Número de Vuelo: 971
Descripción:
Shortly after takeoff from Miami a no. 3 engine fire forced the crew to return to the airport. Altitude was lost while in a right turn until the DC-7 crashed in an open marsh. The plane caught fire and disintegrated while skidding for a considerable distance.

The no.3 engine's no.11 cylinder had failed 3 inches above the mounting flange.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the captain to maintain altitude during an emergency return to the airport due to his undue preoccupation with an engine fire following takeoff."

Fuentes:
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (104-108)


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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to Panama City-Tocumen International Airport as the crow flies is 1850 km (1156 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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